THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Getting back into school after three weeks at home was good for me. In my introduction to interpreting class, we worked on “multiple meaning words” all week, which truly boosted my confidence. I didn’t realize I was as skilled at them as I thought. What are MMW? Think about how we use the word “run” in English. Run an errand, run a race, run for mayor, have the runs, run after the child, run in your pantyhose, a machine running smoothly, etc. In English it’s all the same word; in ASL it is not, so which sign or classifier do you choose to express what you mean?
Students also received an email that starting March 25th we will have ASL 4 on campus again, so I’m excited about that. When I see but don’t know one specific sign, I should just move on (like we do when reading in English), but not knowing will eat up a day’s worth of thinking, so having the professor there to ask questions immediately will be great. This past week we learned several signs for countries (sorry Australia, but your appears to be, basically, “drop off criminals”), how to describe your ancestry, and reasons people leave a country. The assignment was to record a video that included two countries. I chose to sign about Lou @ Lou Reads! After trying several countries/ people/ stories, I realized I could explain that Lou is a nurse in England, how she taught students during the pandemic, and that she had wanted a vacation by train through Russia.
I’ve discovered that part of what I’m so tired lately is it takes a lot of energy for me to listen when the environment for listening isn’t great. For example, me listening to an audiobook in my car as I travel on the freeway to school. The freeway road sounds are loud, so as the volume goes up and my brain strains to understand every word, my mental capacity goes down over the day because I’m fatigued from analyzing. I’ve put a hiatus on audiobooks.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I had lots of fun reading Stranger Weather by Becky Hagenston and was surprised by how funny she could be in one image and completely unsettling in another. Several of you have mentioned you don’t care for short stories, but I will say the length of the book makes a great deal of difference to me — about 120-140 pages is the sweet spot. Much longer, and I grow tired of investing in the same author, especially if they beat a dead horse with one theme the entire collection.
Have I convinced you to read Charlotte Perkins Gilman yet? What Diantha Did is like a modern treatise on workers’ rights. The organization, respect for workers, and demand for equal pay that Diantha achieves for all women in domestic work would make many of us jealous today.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Another short story collection coming to you Tuesday morning. This time, I have Where the Dog Star Never Glows by Tara Lynn Masih. Her work is totally different from Hageston though they’re from the same publisher, which I appreciate, but I did have fairly strong reactions to the openings of the stories. Another experience post coming!
I’ve been exercising a lot more than I did in the past, so I grabbed the nonfiction book The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts by Hanne Blank to see what she says about moving in the body you have, not the body you think you should want. Post on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 190
Owned Books on TBR Today: 188
Biscut and I are going to read this one for our book club. We definitely love Dolly Parton!